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After World War II ended and Pilsen was liberated by the United States Army, the radio broadcast asked for volunteers to help with the overwhelmed medical system. I went to Pilsen hospital and offered my services. Assigned to the chemical laboratory of the Department of Medicine, I started out doing urinalysis and later simple blood studies (Fig. 3.1). Soon I was doing complex hematologic examinations for the research of Professor Karel Bobek who was the Chair of the Department of Medicine. In fall 1945, I started my medical studies at the newly established branch of Medical School of Charles University in Pilsen. The proximity of the laboratory to the medical school allowed me to work while attending school. I worked at the laboratory and helped Professor Bobek in his roentgen examinations until the end of my studies. Professor Bobek had a great influence on my interest in medicine and my wish to become a researcher. I helped him in several of his research projects. These included establishing cholinesterase blood levels in different diseases and on studying the effects of intravenous application of Novocain for treatment of gastric ulcers. This work was also the topic of the first medical lecture that I had for physicians at the hospital on January 1948. I worked hard on my medical studies and graduated on February 10, 1950.